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Natural Living

Youth Boosts

You don't need to go to a spa, salon, or doctor's office to turn back the hands of time-you just need a few really good products

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Turn back the hands of time while you sleep with Ecco Bella Night Rebuilder. This night cream replenishes ceramides and hyaluronic acid, rebuilding the skin’s structure and leaving it firmer. It also contains the age-resisting antioxidants lutein, lycopene, astaxanthin, beta-carotene, CoQ10, and vitamins C and E-time-delivered while you sleep.

Remove hair and nourish your skin with Moom Organic Hair Remover Kit with tea tree. A glaze of organic chamomile, sugar, lemon juice, and tea tree oil removes only the hair, not the skin. It doesn’t break hair at the surface, but delicately removes it with the root-along with impurities and dead skin cells-so skin feels soft and smooth.

Renew aging, sun-damaged skin with Derma e Peptides Plus Wrinkle Reverse Serum. Light and silky, it smoothes lines and wrinkles with peptides (Matrixyl and Argireline), while antioxidant Pycnogenol, green tea, and vitamin C protect skin and encourage healthy circulation. Use alone or under moisturizer.

Get longer, lusher lashes with MyChelle Dermaceuticals Ultimate Lash and Brow Serum. Peptides promote healthy lash and brow formation and protect hair follicles. Moisturizing cactus flower banishes brittleness while phytonutrients improve the strength and density of lashes and inhibit hair loss.

Whether they’re tired of the pain, the cost, or simply the un-naturalness of it all, more and more people are opting for simple, affordable alternatives to Botox, skin-plumping injections, Latisse, and laser hair removal. Luckily, there are numerous natural products that can get the job done safely and effectively.

Skin Solutions

Peptides are among the most powerful skin care ingredients used in anti-wrinkle products. They are short chains of amino acids-the building blocks of proteins-and different peptides have different effects.

Acetyl hexapeptide-3 (Argireline), topically applied, relaxes facial wrinkles like botulinum toxin (Botox) injections. It won’t immediately deaden muscle function as Botox does, but it can relax wrinkles due to muscle tension over time. In addition, peptides can be used anywhere on the face, while injections are limited to a small area.

Palmitoyl pentapeptide-3 (Matrixyl) works by stimulating the deeper matrix layers of the skin. This peptide boosts collagen production and hyaluronic acid synthesis in the skin, reducing the depth of wrinkles and tightening the skin without irritation-for a fraction of the cost of skin-plumping injections. It also helps the skin to heal wounds faster.

Ceramides are natural lipids (fats) that support skin structure. These fats allow the skin to retain moisture. Over time, your skin produces fewer and fewer ceramides, which promotes wrinkles. Choosing moisturizers that contain ceramides to replace those lost in the aging process can help smooth wrinkles. And it’s also much gentler than injections.

Luxe Lashes & Brows
Lash enhancement is the latest word in age defense. There are effective natural solutions for thinning brows and sparse, brittle, or stubby lashes without the prescriptions, irritation, or unwanted side effects of Latisse (generic name: bimatoprost).

This prescription glaucoma medication was approved by the Food and Drug Administration more than a year ago to stimulate eyelash growth. Latisse costs about $120 a month, not including the doctor’s visit to get the prescription. There’s some risk that Latisse can irritate eyes and darken the iris.

The natural alternative? Eyelash and brow conditioners that contain myristoyl pentapeptide-17, which stimulates production of keratin, the protein that forms eyebrows and lashes. In clinical trials, it increased eyelash length and thickness by 25 percent in only 2 weeks, and 72 percent after 6 weeks.

Additionally, copper peptides increase the flow of blood and nutrients to follicles and help extend hair’s growth phase. The amino acid arginine and the vitamin biotin are also vital nutrients for hair growth. With continued use, natural conditioners will help your lashes grow longer, stronger, and darker.

There’s no sugarcoating the discomfort that comes with lasers or traditional waxing to remove unwanted hair. Sugaring gently removes hair in its natural direction of growth to prevent ingrown hairs while exfoliating and conditioning the skin. Dating back to ancient Egypt, sugaring has long been the best-kept secret in waxing. This process eliminates the hair follicle through frequent treatments, leaving your skin smooth and hair-free.